Rhapsody in blue: spring auction highlights

French painter Raoul Dufy once called blue “the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones. Take blue in all its nuances, from the darkest to the lightest – it will always stay blue.”

Keep that in mind as you look through some beautiful blue jewels on the auction block this spring. Three stars if you can name the material, four if you can identify the designer.

Michele della Valle ring

Belperron ear clips


Sapphire aquamarine clip Belperronopal diamond bracelet

Cartier panther

Cartier diamond & sapphire necklaceCartier butterfly brooch


Ring of cabochon sapphire with surround of oval sapphires by Michele della Valle sold for $5,243 at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 14, 2013

Ear clips by Suzanne Belperron, 1974, of carved and cabochon sapphires sold for $32,770 at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 14, 2013

Ring of step-cut aquamarine and spiraling cluster brooch of sapphires and aquamarines, 1970, by Suzanne Belperron sold for $15,730 at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 14, 2013

Bracelet of black opal, diamonds and platinum estimated at $4,000-6,000 at Doyle New York on June 20, 2013

Cartier Panther pendant/brooch of diamonds and sapphires with onyx nose, emerald eyes and detachable diamond collet with gray cultured pearl sold for $45,303 at Christie’s Hong Kong on May 28, 2013

Cartier necklace of diamonds and 44.53-carat sapphire sold for $2.8mil at Christie’s Hong Kong, May 28, 2013

Cartier Butterfly brooch of 18k gold, plique à jour enameling, and diamonds estimated at $3,000-5,000 at Skinner Boston, June 11, 2013

Here’s a bonus for those who’ve made it down here: the Star of Kashmir ring that sold for $3.5mil at Christie’s Geneva on May 15, 2013. Those who follow me on Facebook have had this eyeful. To the rest of you, I present a trio of cushion-shaped gems set in platinum, “star” of which is a rare, natural 19.88-carat Kashmir sapphire:

Star of Kashmir ringNow there’s a blue to behold!

(Photos courtesy Sotheby’s, Christie’s Images, Doyle New York, and Skinner Boston)


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2 comments for “Rhapsody in blue: spring auction highlights

  1. July 1, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Amazing collection. I like everything here. All details look very nice and luxury. Combination of gems is excellent.

  2. July 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Great jewelry collection. I adore the butterfly brooch (in fact all animal jewellery), I have to confess I’m more of an emerald fan however this article certainly highlights the beauty of the Sapphire gemstone and the quality it adds to jewelry.

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